Aside from just wanting to save money, there’s another reason you might be on the market for the best drone under $500, or even $200 for that matter? Why? Because the last thing you want to do is crash an expensive drone. The truth is, if you’re just starting out learning how to fly, it’s probably best to start with a less expensive drone.
There’s a good chance you might crash as you’re building up your flying chops and the last thing you want is to spend a lot on a drone only to have it end up in pieces. By buying a less expensive model you can save yourself some of the stress of worrying about crashing and blowing your life savings. As you’ll see some of the drones on this list are under $100—so you don’t have to empty your savings account just to get some experience under your belt.
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- Walkera F210
One of the most well-known companies in the drone market, Walkera, designed the F210 for beginners in FPV drone racing. This model is meant for anyone looking to get into the fascinating world of this new sport but who doesn’t have the skills or knowledge to build a custom-made quadcopter from scratch. If you’ve never flown a drone, this model might not be suitable for you, as it’s aimed at those who have some experience with flying and want to switch to racing.
- Altair Outlaw SE
If you haven’t heard of Altair Aerial, then you’ve been missing out on some great drones. Their Outlaw SE is a high-quality drone that is loaded with cool features. This drone comes with almost anything that a drone pilot is going to want and that’s why we have it as our Best Budget Pick
Not only is this drone feature-packed, but it also is easy to use, someone with little experience is going to enjoy it too. Yes, there are a lot of bells and whistles on this drone, but with features like 1-button take-off and landing, someone new to this hobby will also be able to get the Outlaw SE up and running in no time.
- Parrot Bebop 2 FPV
The Parrot Bebop 2 is on the high end of the drones in our list, but we’ve started to notice some retailers selling the drones at about $500, with a few refurbished models selling for about $100 less. Several Digital Trends staffers are proud Bebop owners, and our own Drew Prindle gave the original Bebop a glowing review more than a year ago.
- 3DR Solo Drone
Our suggestions so far have essentially included some type of camera system onboard. But if you’re a GoPro owner, there’s really no need for you to purchase a drone with another camera – the GoPro is a pretty good camera in and of itself.
For these folks, we suggest the 3DR Solo, which is specifically aimed at aerial photography. It has a range of flight modes including Selfie, Cable Cam, Orbit, and Follow, and the fact that you don’t have a built-in camera means that once newer GoPro’s come out, all you need to do is swap out the old GoPro from the drone mount. We’re not complaining about the 20 minute average flight time either.
- Holy Stone HS720
Holy Stone has been one of the most interesting companies in 2018. Some of their products have started to really stand out from the rest, as the company proves itself and to its customers, to deserve a share of the drone market. One of their better drones is the recently released Holy Stone HS720, also featured in our recent buyer’s guide (drones currently for sale).
I must admit I was very surprised at HS720’s performance, it really feels as I’m controlling a high-end drone. Very responsive, very maneuverable, it’s even capable of flying in windy conditions. I must say if you are a fan of aerial photography and videography, but do not have a high budget, the HS720 is one of the most viable alternatives. At well under 350 dollars, it won’t disappoint you.